Editorial Assistant (Puffin 6+), Penguin Random House Children's



Are you passionate about helping the next generation of readers to discover books and ideas that can change their lives?


Do you have a knack for organisation and a keen eye for detail?


From Malorie Blackman to Adam Kay, Jeff Kinney and Scarlett Curtis to Jacqueline Wilson and Humza Arshad, Philip Pullman to Karen McManus, the Puffin team work with some of the biggest names and the bestselling authors to bring to life stories that change and shape lives. They have a fantastic opportunity for a creative, highly organised and enthusiastic individual to join the team who create books for readers aged 6 and upwards as an Editorial Assistant.


In this role you will provide full administrative support to the Publisher and Publishing Director, and some editorial and administrative support to the wider Editorial team, liaising with colleagues, authors, agents and internal departments on a daily basis. You will be responsible for a wide range of tasks including diary management, reading and reporting on submissions, managing and maintaining departmental systems and dealing with author and agent enquiries.


The team is looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working self-starter - someone who is full of ideas and who wants to immerse themselves fully in the titles that our Children’s team publish. You will need to have proven administration and organisational skills, pay meticulous attention to detail, and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


What you’ll get in return is a collaborative team that will champion your ideas, support your creativity and give you the opportunity to work with some of the best-known authors in the world. This is an excellent opportunity to kick start your career in Publishing.


How to apply


If you would like to apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by midnight on Friday 26th February 2021.


As part of your Cover Letter, we’d like you to respond to the following 2 questions:


  • A big part of what the Puffin team do is to pay attention to what’s happening in the world and spotting new trends and voices who would speak well to young people. Please share with us your thoughts on a person with some sort of platform or profile in any area who you think could write an interesting book for children or teens and why.


  • In this role, you’ll be tasked with reading and reporting on new manuscripts that have been submitted for potential publication by the team. We’d like to see your writing style, so please write us a book review of a book you’ve recently read, and convince us why we should read it too. We’ll be keeping an eye out for your persuasive ability!

Salary: You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.

What you can expect from us


Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 128381

128381The Random House Group Limited 

Date:  18-Feb-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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